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Judd Apatow to Sony: ‘Shove the Clean Versions of Movies Up Your A–!’

13 June 2017 6:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Directors Guild of America and Judd Apatow have objected to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment “clean version” initiative allowing viewers to screen edited versions of two dozen Sony films.

The studio announced on June 7 that it was making the broadcast TV or airline version of these 24 titles available when a consumer purchases a film in its original form on iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW. The DGA said in a statement Tuesday that Sony is violating the guild’s master contract with the major studios.

“Directors have the right to edit their feature films for every non-theatrical platform, plain and simple,” the DGA said. “Taking a director’s edit for one platform, and then releasing it on another — without giving the director the opportunity to edit — violates our Agreement. Throughout the years, the DGA has achieved hard-fought creative rights gains protecting our members from such practices. As creators of their films, directors »

- Dave McNary

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Sony Debuts ‘Clean Version’ of 24 Movies Via iTunes, Vudu, Fandango

7 June 2017 10:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has launched a “clean version” initiative allowing viewers to screen edited versions of two dozen Sony films.

The studio is making the broadcast TV or airline version of these 24 titles available when a consumer purchases a film in its original form on iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW.

Seth Rogen, who produced and starred in Sony’s “The Interview” and “Sausage Party,” objected to the initiative following Tuesday’s announcement, tweeting a profanity-laden response.

Holy shit please don't do this to our movies. Thanks. https://t.co/0lpoESaIQd

Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 6, 2017

“Holy sh– please don’t do this to our movies. Thanks,” Rogen wrote.

“The Clean Version allows viewing for a wider audience, giving people the chance to watch their favorite films together,” Sony said. “Clean Version movies can be accessed with purchase of the theatrical versions.”

The films include all five versions of “Spider-Man” along with “50 First Dates, »

- Dave McNary

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Seth Rogen criticises Sony plan to release 'clean versions' of select films

7 June 2017 1:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Twenty-four films will get ‘Clean Version’ edits, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Ghostbusters.

On Tuesday Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced a ‘Clean Version’ scheme (via Yahoo Movies), which allows viewers to watch either the original version of a film, or a broadcast or airline edit that is “free from certain mature content”.

Sony will make these edited versions available free as an extra when a customer purchases a film on iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW.

The initiative launched with 24 films.

The plan was criticised by Seth Rogen, who has made several films for Sony. He tweeted: “Holy shit please don’t do this to our movies. Thanks.”

None of his Sony films, which include Sausage Party and The Interview, are on the current list.

In an Faq explaining the plan, Sony said: “The Clean Version allows viewing for a wider audience, giving people the chance to watch their favourite films together.”

The 24 films »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Sony plan to release 'clean versions' of select films criticised by Seth Rogen

7 June 2017 1:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

24 films will get ‘Clean Version’ edits, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Ghostbusters.

Yesterday (June 6) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced a ‘Clean Version’ scheme (via Yahoo Movies), which allows viewers to watch either the original version of a film, or a broadcast or airline edit that is “free from certain mature content”.

Sony will make these edited versions available free as an extra when a customer purchases a film on iTunes, Vudu, and FandangoNOW.

The initiative launched with 24 films.

The plan was criticised by Seth Rogen, who has made several films for Sony. He tweeted: “Holy shit please don’t do this to our movies. Thanks.”

None of his Sony films, which include Sausage Party and The Interview, are on the current list.

In an Faq explaining the plan, Sony said: “The Clean Version allows viewing for a wider audience, giving people the chance to watch their favourite films together.”

The 24 films »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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15 Hollywood Movies Banned in Other Countries, From ‘Noah’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)

2 June 2017 7:48 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After “Wonder Woman” was banned in Lebanon because Gal Gadot is an Israeli, TheWrap takes a look at other films banned in other countries in recent years “Wonder Woman” (2017) “Wonder Woman” was banned in Lebanon because its lead actress, Gal Gadot, is Israeli and was a soldier in the Israeli Army. Lebanon is at war with Israel and has a law that spans over decades, boycotting Israeli products and barring Lebanese citizens from traveling or having contact with Israelis. “The Interview” (2014) The comedy starring James Franco and Seth Rogen was banned in North Korea because the duo in the movie plans to. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Ferrell and Poehler Go Full Scarface in The House Red Band Trailer

18 May 2017 2:08 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With just a month and a half left until the R-rated summer comedy The House hits theaters, New Line Cinema has debuted an outrageous new red band trailer. This age-restricted video contains much more footage that the first trailer, showing what really happens when these loving parents, played by Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, catch someone cheating. The result is much more bloody and hilarious than the version shown in the all-ages trailer, but if you're averse to a lot of blood being shown, you may want to look away towards the end of this footage, because it gets rather gruesome.

Warner Bros. debuted this red band trailer on YouTube today, which opens with a scene where Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) are celebrating their daughter Alex's (Ryan Simpkins) graduation, by describing the "f--- fest" their house will become, once their daughter leaves for college. There's one big problem though, »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Killing Gunther’ Heads to China With Bliss (Exclusive)

18 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bliss Media has acquired Chinese rights to Arnold Schwarzenegger action comedy “Why We're Killing Gunther.” International rights are handled by Imr International at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film, about a group of hired killers who are trying to get rid of the world’s top hit man, is directed by Taran Killam. Currently in post-production, it is produced by Killam, Kim Leadford, Ash Sarohia and Steve Squillante, and financed by StarStream Media.

“This is a hilarious movie that left me in stitches. Everyone is perfectly cast and none more so than Arnold Schwarzengger,” said Bliss’ Wei Han. “We will make sure the movie gets the perfect distribution and marketing platform it deserves in China.”

Bliss, which spans finance, production and distribution, last year picked up Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” which it turned into a major hit in China, with a $62-million gross.

With offices in Shanghai and Los Angeles, »

- Patrick Frater

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The Room fans rejoice! James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is coming this Christmas

17 May 2017 8:32 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

“You’re tearing me apart Lisa!” – The Room, written and directed by Tommy Wiseau, is on the biggest cult films of all time with special screenings, fan events and “quote-along” films appearing across both the UK and Us all the time.

Indeed, Wiseau himself has become something of a legend with the film and it was no surprise that a film based on the making of the film and the director’s conception of the story would make its way to the big screen. Well, thanks to James Franco (Why Him?, The Interview), we now have that film in the form of The Disaster Artist, based on the book by The Room co-star Greg Sestero and it now has a prime awards season spot at the end of the year (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Related: Our 5-star review of the film from SXSW

Indie distributor A24 has »

- Scott Davis

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Snatched Director Jonathan Levine On The Amy Schumer-Goldie Hawn Comedy

9 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

While the upcoming R-rated comedy Snatched will probably get more attention for its two stars, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn--the latter making her first big screen appearance in almost 15 years--the man behind the camera is director Jonathan Levine, who continues to diversify his filmography with this female-driven comedy.

Levine first got attention for his early indie The Wackness, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and he followed that by adapting the young adult zombie romance Warm Bodies, then making the cancer comedy 50/50 and the Christmas comedy The Night Before, the latter two with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

In Snatched, Amy Schumer plays Emily Middleton, who has plans to go to South America on a romantic trip with her boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her she asks her mother Linda (Hawn) to make the trip with her.  Once there, the two are constantly fighting, but »

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Hackers Hold Netflix To Ransom After Stealing New Season Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’

1 May 2017 8:50 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the simpler times of the 1990s, computer hacking was mostly the realm of weird, ill-conceived, we-don’t-understand-computers movies like “The Net” or “Hackers,” or a plot device for when screenwriters couldn’t find another way out of a pickle. But recent years have shown what a threat it is. The entertainment industry got an early brunt of it when Sony was hacked over the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview,” purportedly by North Korea, before the rest of America got screwed by Russian hackers interfering with the 2016 election.

Continue reading Hackers Hold Netflix To Ransom After Stealing New Season Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Rejoice: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg To Adapt Another Comic Property, This One From ‘The Walking…

5 April 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Rejoice: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg To Adapt Another Comic Property, This One From ‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert KirkmanIt’s called ‘Invincible,’ and it’s headed to the big screen.

Fresh off the success of Preacher, the Vertigo comic they adapted into a television series for AMC, THR is reporting that writers, producers, and directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, This is the End, The Interview) are heading back to the funny-book mine for their next big-screen project, and the vein they’re tapping is Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead.

See, though Kirkman is best known for his zombie drama, shortly before he started publishing Twd he released Invincible, about teenager Mark Grayson just trying to survive adolescence with two big asterisks attached: one, he’s superpowered, and two, so’s his pop, in fact he’s the most powerful being on the planet. Rogen and Goldberg will be writing, producing »

- H. Perry Horton

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The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman’s Invincible to be adapted by Rogen and Goldberg

5 April 2017 7:02 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have joined forces with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman to help bring to life Kirkman’s Invincible comic, the comic which has been in circulation since 2003, for Universal.

Related: The Walking Dead News and Interviews

Invincible was created by Kirkman alongside Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker back in 2003 and, besides The Walking Dead, it is Kirkman’s longest running title, now on its 133rd issue. The story follows Mark Grayson, a normal high school student with just one difference between him and his peers — his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, and he, too, will inherit his own set of superpowers.

On teaming up with Rogen and Goldberg for the adaptation, Kirkman said “For nearly a decade I’ve had to endure the ‘what about Invincible?’ question as fans have watched The Walking Dead grow into the multimedia »

- Zehra Phelan

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Robert Kirkman’s Invincible Being Brought To The Big Screen By Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg

4 April 2017 3:01 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Even if you don’t read comic books, chances are you’ll be familiar with Robert Kirkman’s name. The Image Comics scribe is the creator of The Walking Dead, a series which has become a global phenomenon since being brought to television by AMC. However, what you may not know is that Kirkman has another long-running comic called Invincible, which is also well past the #100 issue mark.

It tells the story of Mark Grayson, a half human/half alien teenager who develops superpowers and becomes “invincible” in a world full of larger than life characters. His adventures have taken place on Earth and in the far reaches of space, and while it’s clearly inspired by Spider-Man and mainstream superhero universes such as those created by Marvel and DC Comics, Invincible also features some seriously graphic violence amidst epic action scenes. For that reason, it’s always been hard »

- Josh Wilding

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will write and direct Invincible film

4 April 2017 12:52 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After The Walking Dead’s massive success on television, fans of Robert Kirkman have wondered whether another of his comic book series Invincible would ever get a live-action adaptation. Well, it seems that is now set to happen as The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will write, produce and direct an Invincible feature film for Universal.

Created by Kirkman in 2003, Invincible is the story of high school student Marc Grayson, whose father is the world’s mightiest superhero – Omni-Man. After inheriting his father’s powers and learning of their alien ancestry, Marc has to deal with what it means being the son of a superhero and the responsibility of protecting Earth at such a young age. The series has been Image’s second longest title, now having 133 issues, after The Walking Dead.

“For nearly a decade I’ve had to endure the ‘what about Invincible? »

- Ricky Church

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Fake Seth Rogen Script 'The Kosher Nostra' Fools Hollywood Gatekeepers

29 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It’s a story screaming for its own screenplay: Two struggling screenwriters in Los Angeles dupe Hollywood into thinking their script was written by a pair of celebrity comedy writers, thereby getting it into the hands of some of the town’s top producers and agents.

That’s exactly what happened last week when a script called The Kosher Nostra, supposedly written by Superbad and The Interview writing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, began circulating around town. Creative executives and agents rushed to read the crass comedy about a struggling screenwriter who drives for Uber to pay the bills and ends up working »

- Rebecca Ford

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Seth Rogen and James Franco Team Up For '90s Teen Drama On Hulu

24 March 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

James Franco and Seth Rogen have been friends and colleagues for a long time now, starting with a different 90's teen series, Freak and Geeks, back in 1999. Since then, they have appeared in countless films together, including what I consider the "Rogen/Franco Trilogy" made up of Pineapple Express, This Is The End, and The Interview; all about the undying bromance between the two on-screen stoners. This doesn't count the many cameos the two have enjoyed in the other's projects and the upcoming, well reviewed, The Disaster Artist.

And that's just acting! Both have experience behind the camera, with Franco directing The Disaster Artist, the documentary Saturday Night, and an episode of the Hulu show he starred in, Stephen King's 11.22.63. Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg have also directed films and TV, from The Interview and This Is The End, to three episodes of AMC's Preacher. Rogen »

- Nick Doll

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James Franco and Seth Rogen Set to Produce Kelly Oxford’s Totally Rad ’90s Teen Drama Series

24 March 2017 10:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

James Franco and Seth Rogen are going back to their TV roots.

The pair, who had starred on the teen drama “Freaks and Geeks” together, will produce a Hulu TV series based on a script by social media personality Kelly Oxford, reports Variety.

Read More: ‘The Disaster Artist’ Review: James Franco Is Very Good as a Bad Actor in His Loving Tribute to ‘The Room’ — SXSW 2017

Not much is known about the hourlong series other than it’s a teen show that’s set in the 1990’s, according to Variety’s source. The duo will serve as executive producers on the project, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg.

Franco and Rogen first met when they played outcast students on Paul Feig’s “Freaks and Geeks” alongside other future stars like Linda Cardellini, Jason legal, Martin Starr, John Francis Daley, Busy Philipps and Samm Levine. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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James Franco and Seth Rogen Set to Produce Kelly Oxford’s Totally Rad ’90s Teen Drama Series

24 March 2017 10:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James Franco and Seth Rogen are going back to their TV roots.

The pair, who had starred on the teen drama “Freaks and Geeks” together, will produce a Hulu TV series based on a script by social media personality Kelly Oxford, reports Variety.

Read More: ‘The Disaster Artist’ Review: James Franco Is Very Good as a Bad Actor in His Loving Tribute to ‘The Room’ — SXSW 2017

Not much is known about the hourlong series other than it’s a teen show that’s set in the 1990’s, according to Variety’s source. The duo will serve as executive producers on the project, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg.

Franco and Rogen first met when they played outcast students on Paul Feig’s “Freaks and Geeks” alongside other future stars like Linda Cardellini, Jason legal, Martin Starr, John Francis Daley, Busy Philipps and Samm Levine. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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James Franco, Seth Rogen Developing ’90s Teen Drama at Hulu From Writer Kelly Oxford (Exclusive)

23 March 2017 2:13 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Franco and Seth Rogen are teaming up — this time, behind the camera.

The duo is developing a ’90s teen drama with author and social media personality Kelly Oxford, who is writing the script, Variety has learned exclusively.

Franco and Rogen will serve as executive producers on the project that is in early development, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg. The hourlong series is currently untitled. Variety‘s source described the project as a teen show set in the 1990’s.

Funny enough, Franco and Rogen started working together on their own teen series in the ’90s, “Freaks and Geeks,” which was a comedy set in the ’80s.

To date, the pair has worked on a number of films together from “Pineapple Express” to “The Interview” to “This Is the End” and most recently, “The Disaster Artist,” which debuted at SXSW to rave reviews. The »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Lionsgate Secures Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen Comedy ‘Flarsky’

20 March 2017 4:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the Jonathan Levine-directed comedy Flarsky, starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. The Interview scribe Dan Sterling wrote the script, which is slated to begin shooting this year. Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label is handling distribution. It centers on an unemployed journalist (Rogen), battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue his childhood crush and babysitter who now… »

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